At Specialized Physical Therapy, we are part of a multi-disciplinary team that is involved in the evaluation and treatment of children/adolescents and adults who have sustained a concussion. Most times, the patient is referred to us after having been evaluated by the appropriate medical physician.
What is a Concussion? What are the symptoms of concussion? Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn the answers to these questions and more. Visit our blog for more concussion information.
Preseason Baseline Testing
We offer preseason baseline testing for athletes to determine their baseline Neuro-cognitive and Neuro-physical values. To make our testing a complete comprehensive examination, each athlete also undergoes a musculoskeletal examination and visual-motor screening. Each of these areas can become impaired after an athlete sustains a concussion. Baseline measurements are compared with post-concussion measurements to help determine the severity of the concussion and to help determine an appropriate return to play timeline. In addition, each athlete receives important and valuable concussion education.
Assesses an individual’s memory, mental speed and other cognitive functions. We use the SCAT3, a tool that was developed by experts at the 4th International Consensus on Concussion in Sport in Zurich, Switzerland in November 2012. The SCAT3 allows us to objectively measure an athlete’s Neuro-cognitive function and symptom severity and helps us determine when it is safe to return to play. We also use the King-Devick Test. The King-Devick Test can capture impairment of eye movements, attention, language, and other areas that correlate with suboptimal brain function and predict worse outcomes in concussion.
Assesses an individual’s balance and determines which sensory system (vestibular, visual, somatosensory) the individual relies upon to maintain their balance. The Biodex BioSway balance and testing device provides us with objective data that is compared to normative data. The Biodex BioSway allows us to objectively measure improvement in an athlete’s Neuro-physical function when they undergo post-concussion rehabilitation and helps us determine when it is safe to return to play.
Assesses an individual’s muscles and joints for proper range of motion, strength, and flexibility. Identifies any areas of impairment to help reduce risk of physical injury. We utilize the Functional Movement Screen method. Specific focus is paid to neck muscle strength and flexibility.
Assesses an individual’s oculomotor (eye) function. Proper oculomotor function is needed for balance, hand-eye coordination and reaction time.
Learn what a concussion is, the signs/symptoms of concussion, steps for prevention, and what to do when you suspect you or someone you know has a concussion.
Preseason Baseline Testing Fee: $95.00 (individual)/Group and Club rates available. Testing can be performed off-site for Groups and Clubs.
Call today to schedule your test: 856-424-0993
We are the leader in post-concussion rehabilitation in the South Jersey area. Provided by licensed physical therapists, our program helps address the symptoms of headache, dizziness, and neck pain. In addition, we help restore balance, aerobic conditioning, strength, and flexibility. Through vestibular rehabilitation, manual therapy, balance retraining, and aerobic exercise, we carefully guide the individual through their recovery and prepare them for return to play. Our program features Biodex Medical System’s Play it Safe® Concussion Management Program. This program facilitates a medically supported “return-to-play” decision process.
Physical therapy is covered by most major insurance programs.